Classic Alex Singer Randonneur Bicycle
Ernest Csuka was the last of the great French bicycle constructeurs and his work is considered by many to be the finest in the world. He took over from the legendary Alex Singer in 1964. Ernest started with Singer in 1944 and introduced numerous innovations over the years. This fine example possesses many of Csuka’s innovative custom touches. Because of the number of hand-manufactured components in each bicycle, production was limited to slightly over 100 bicycles per year during this period thus making #1741 a sought-after rarity —– All original circa 1974 Alex Singer Randonneur Bicycle Serial #1741. Reynolds 531 frame tubes, Singer cast lugs and bottom bracket, wraparound seat stay cluster and a full complement of braze-on bits. Black with classic gold Sanger pin striping, 57.7 cm seat tube (center to center,) 55.8cm top tube, 103.6 cm wheel base, forged Singer vertical drop outs. Internally wired lighting system including custom generator engagement mechanism. Hand crafted Singer front rack and full fenders. Stronglight headset and Singer internal binder bolt seat post. Note: This frame design does not use an external binder bolt, a very beautiful feature —– 36 hole Maxi-Car sealed bearing hubs laced to Super Champion 700C clinchers. Huret Jubilee Derailleurs and shift levers. 175mm TA triple crank set with sealed bearing bottom bracket. TA sealed bearing track pedals. Braze-on Mafac Competition Center Pull brakes. Cinelli 1A stem and accompanying Giro D’Italia handlebars. Brooks professional big rivet pre-softened saddle —–As this machine is original it does show the expected signs of Randonneur usage. There is normal wear of the pin-striping on the top tube and a very slight non-structural dent on the drive side of the seat tube near the water bottle bosses (see photograph.)
Postscript: this auction closed at $3,500. Wow.